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Campus is site for workshop on aging in LGBT community

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On Friday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room, the Pride Center and the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center will co-host a free training session, “Aging in the LGBT Community and Addressing Resident Relationships.” The presenters are Kathy Flores, the city of Appleton’s diversity coordinator and an activist on issues of domestic violence; and Amy Panosh and Julie Button, state of Wisconsin ombudsmen who advocate for and assist elderly people receiving long-term care in licensed facilities. Topics for discussion will include terminology, LGBT symbols, erroneous assumptions, various types of elder abuse, creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and policies, procedures and resources that work. The morning will include a screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Gen Silent.” Organizers say the event will be of benefit to those who work with older adults and caregivers and want to learn more about the life experiences of LGBT elderly. A draft policy will be reviewed and discussion will include recommendations for addressing resident relationships. Questions should be directed to Sheri Mealy of the Resource Center at 448-6464.

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